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Bike Lane Lager Can Release

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Our Bike Lane Lager is out in the WILD!

Finally, our first cans of fresh beer are on the market and available in specialty bottle shops and liquor stores around San Diego. We are beyond excited to introduce our Bike Lane Lager.

Here at California Wild Ales, we are known primarily for our barrel-aged sours. However, we have steadily been working away to create some fresh “beer-flavored” beers. We knew right away that the first beer we wanted to make was a crisp lager. Beers of this type have a lower alcohol content and are perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day. So, after lots of sampling and working through a handful of recipes, we settled on a German-style wheat lager.

Our Bike Lane Lager features German Pilsner, malted wheat, and noble hops, including Hallertau Blanc, Magnum, and Saaz. This blend of hops imparts a clean and crisp flavor. Though relatively mild and delicate, Saaz hops impart a distinctly earthy and herbal flavor to the beer that has come to define the Lager.  As a result of this blend of wheat and hops, the beer has a little extra body and takes on a herbaceous aroma and taste that awakens the palate.

Despite being California Wild Ales’ most straightforward beer to drink, Bike Lane Lager is one of the most difficult ones to make. “We need to ensure technical perfection from everyone on the team, from the brewhouse to the lab. You’re working with a bright, transparent canvas brewing a lager or a pilsner beer, and every fault will be obvious.” co-founder Zack Brager said. So we teamed up with our close friend, Samantha Olson, head brewer at Mujeres Brew House, to ensure perfection with this recipe. We also enlisted our friends at Rouleur Brewing Company to help oversee the brew at their Carlsbad location.

After lagering our beer for nearly five weeks, our Bike Lane Lager was ready for the wild. Finally, what was once only available at our tasting room is now available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our Bike Lane Lager is packaged in 16oz cans and available in four-packs. California Wild Ales co-founder Bill DeWitt creates all their label designs and really knocked it out of the park this time. DeWitt said, “I wanted to make this label an homage to local Ocean Beach icon Ricky, who can be seen riding his penny-farthing bike all around town. This funky style of bicycle seemed like the perfect vehicle to include on our packaging for Bike Lane Lager.”

Pick up some to share at the beach, BBQ, or poolside!

So stop by either their Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to enjoy a bright and crisp lager on tap. And pick up a few four-packs while you are there. Otherwise, keep a lookout on shelves around San Diego for California Wild Ales’ Bike Lane Lager.

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Double Bottle Release

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Small Batch Release

Bottling up a wild-fermented beer is a remarkable thing. Still teeming with live yeast and bacteria, it will continue to evolve. When the pandemic hit, packaged beer was the name of the game. We started bottling everything to make sure we could get as much beer to our fans as possible. We have decided to be far more selective with what we put into bottles now that the pandemic. These selections will be minimal, some as low as only 30 bottles.

The highlight of this sale is the Raspberry Passion, a beer we thought so highly of we entered it into the World Beer Cup competition. Every year we get fresh passion fruit donated by the locals of ocean beach. This year’s batch was spectacular, exploding with the unique tropical flavor. There was enough of it, so pull just 30 gallons aside to play with, then it was a matter of finding the right fruit to pair. After some discussion, we settled on raspberries, and we could not be happier with the result. This beer explodes with a unique blend of tropical notes and bright berry flavor with just the perfect amount of acidity, a sweet tart in a bottle.

Only about 20 bottles remain, so grab them while you can. 

This month, the second release results from a relationship with a new local San Diego County farm called Dickinson Family Farms in Fallbrook. The first three fruit we acquired from them were Persimmons, Guavas, and Meyer Lemons, so we decided, along with some of the fresh OB Passion Fruit, we would make a fruit salad, and the result was magical. The citrus blends perfectly with the tropical flavors of the Passion Fruit and guava with the rich, sweet, almost honey-like flavor of the persimmon rounding the whole mix out and adding body. This combo was a true treat that we will keep in our back pocket for next year.

Only 70 of these bottles are around, so don’t miss out.

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Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Night!

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Dark Sours are Flowing at CWA!

It’s happening today, November 13th! Join us as we tap two of our Barrel-Aged Dark Sours. This will be the first time we have shared our dark sours with anyone outside our bottle club. So if you love dark sour beer and a funky good time, then this is the perfect day for you to visit California Wild Ales.

Our Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour is aged for 12 months in a freshly emptied Bourbon Barrel. We then transferred this glorious liquid into a freshly emptied Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster’s Park. We then gave it an additional six months of rest. The various spirit barrels bring a new life to this beer. As this beer conditions for months, it incorporates some of the bourbon and stout characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying chocolate notes give this way to a tart berry finish.

Next up is our Winner Winner Liquid Dinner! Again, we took our Dark Sour and aged it in freshly emptied Bourbon Barrels for 12 months. We then rested this splendid sour liquid on fresh California Cherries for an additional three months. Flavors of tart cherry, oak, and roastiness undeniably meld together with a punch of sour goodness.  

Open today at noon. So come on in, and let’s get the weekend started in style,

This is going to be an excellent introduction to dark sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience our very first Dark Sour Night.

Lineup for SD Beer Week

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

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Grapes of Wrath – A Wine Grape / Sour Beer Experience

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Wine Grapes and Sour Beer … Best Friends

Join us this Friday, November 12, as we tap four new wine grape sours in honor of San Diego Beer Week. We are absolutely obsessed with our Wine Grape Sours, and we are excited to share them with the craft beer community.

We will feature four wine grape sour ales.

Viognier (“Vee-on-yeah”) Piquette
Viognier grape hast the scent of Honeysuckle and Jasmine and the rich flavors of Apricot and Peach. Ripening in warm sunshine, this beer is quite heady and exotic with spicy undertones of Gingerbread and plenty of body.

Petite Sirah Wild Ale
Petite Sirah grape has a deep color violet color and bold tannins. Fruit is the dominant flavor, with Plum and Blueberry being the most distinct. Additional flavors are Dark Chocolate, Pepper, and Black Tea.

Ongemang (“On-Je-Mang”) – Wine Grape Blend
The word Ongemang comes from Old English, which combines “in” and “mingling.” It has been described as “Exploring the spaces in between.” We felt like this was the perfect expression to represent our first blended wine grape sour made with a blend of Petite Sirah and Viognier grapes.

Echoes of Muscat
Echoes of Muscat Wild Ale are made in with fermented Muscat grape pomace that we got from our friends at Charlie Echo Wine.   These grapes have a musky aroma, sweet, honeyed flavor, and rich fruit and floral notes.

This is going to be an excellent introduction to the world of wine-grape sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience the Grapes of Wrath.

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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Stone Fruit Frenzy

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Join Us for Some Stone Fruit Sours

Stone Fruit & Sour Beer…is there anything better? We don’t think so. That’s why for this year’s San Diego Beer Week, we are tapping three delicious stone fruit beers. Ocean Peach, Del Mar Nectarine, and Salted Plum.

Ocean Peach Wild Ale

We started with our golden ale that we aged 12 months in oak barrels to produce tart flavors, fruity notes, and a funky character. We then added a ridiculous amount of Ocean Beach peaches to our golden sour base.

Del Mar Peach

We reached out to our good friend Eric for some of his homegrown nectarines, and man, are we glad we did. These nectarines are bursting with stone fruit deliciousness. We added these beauties to our barrel-aged golden sour and let them sit for around three months. The result speaks for itself… you have to try this one.

Salted Plum

For our third beer of the frenzy, we found some over-ripe plums that were begging to become beer. We took these plums and gave them the love they deserved. We rested them on barrel-aged golden sour for six months. We then added a healthy amount of Maldon Sea Salt. The salty and sour combination will leave you thirsting for more.

Every one of these beers was made with a ridiculous amount of Stone Fruit…almost 3 pounds per gallon. Taste the difference that a ton of fruit imparts!

Available for a short time!

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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Taste of Ocean Beach

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Let’s Get our Eat and Drink On!

Taste of Ocean Beach and SD Beer Week overlap at California Wild Ales!  Join us TONIGHT from 5-9pm! 🍺 🌮🍻🥗🍹

Venture around OB and indulge in some of OB’s best restaurants, breweries, and wine bars. Make sure to stop by California Wild Ales for a Taster 🍺 for a quarter (0.25 cents).
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We are tapping our OB Passion Fruit Wild Ale!  Made with all locally sourced fruit from Ocean Beach.  Proceeds support Ocean Beach Town Council initiatives like the Food & Toy Drive and Holiday Parade.

Grab your tickets now before they sell out at www.tasteofoceanbeach.com!

So come on out and fill your belly while supporting a wonderful cause.  Big thanks to the OB Town Council for putting together this wonderful event.

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SD Beer Week 2021

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13th Annual SD Beer Week

San Diego County, California, has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America”.  San Diego County is home to over 150 craft breweries – which is the most of any county in the United States.

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we go all out!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you make some time to sip on sours with your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are excited to be hosting SDBW at both our Sorrento Valley and Ocean Beach locations!

Join us November 5-14 as we pack our taps with tons of new beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

Salted Cucumber – November 5

Pickle Rick Day – November 6

  • Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns.
  • Spicy Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns, and Heatpackers

Michelada Flights – November 7-8

San Diego’s Best Michelada served 5 ways!

  • Bike Lane Lager served with a Lime Wedge
  • Salted Cucumber served with a Cucumber Slice
  • Pickle Rick served with a Pickle Slice
  • Spicy Pickle Rick served with a Dehydrated Lime Slice
  • Mexican Candy served with a Tajin Rim

Blues and Brews / Taste of OB – November 9

Musical Stylings of St James

Ocean Beach Passion Fruit, 5% ABV

Border X Collab Brew – November 10

Barrel-Aged Blood Orange Saison blended with our Golden Sour,  7% ABV

Stone Fruit Frenzy – November 11

  • Ocean Peach Wild Ale, 5% ABV
  • Del Mar Nectarine Wild Ale,  5% ABV
  • Salted Plum Sour, 5% Abv

Grapes of Wrath – November 12

  • Petie Syrah Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Echoes of Grenache, 5% ABV
  • Viognier Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Ongemang Blend, 5% ABV

Dark Sour Night – November 13

  • Winner Winner Liquid Dinner, 9% ABV  – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Sour with Cherries
  • Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour, 11% ABV – Bourbon Barrl-Aged for 12 Months and then transferred into a Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster Park Stout.

Thunderhawk Collab Sour Saison – November 14

This beauty has been three years in the making!  Here is your chance to taste what could be the last Thunderhawk brew in town,  7.5% ABV

Who’s Ready to Get Funky?

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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NFL and Da Chicago Bears!

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DA Bears All Season Long

Join us at our Ocean Beach location as we cheer on Da Bears all season.  We open early on Sunday (9:30 am) so that we are able to watch the Monsters of the Midway take the field.

Co-Owner Bill is passionate about the Chicago Bears… so you best believe you will see him there during game time.   You will most likely hear “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” (fight song) every time the Bears score.  We have also been known to blast the 1985 hip-hop classic the  “Super Bowl Shuffle”.  So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas …this is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas!

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

So toss on your Chicago Bears jersey and come on down to hang with your friends at California Wild Ales OB.

Week 1: Bears at Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 5:20pm

Week 2: Bengals at Bears, Sunday, Sept. 19, 10am

Week 3: Bears at Browns, Sunday, Sept. 26, 10am

Week 4: Lions at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 3, 10am

Week 5: Bears at Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:05pm

Week 6: Packers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am

Week 7: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:25pm

Week 8: 49ers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 31, 10am

Week 9: Bears at Steelers, Monday, Nov. 8, 5:15pm

Week 10: Bye week

Week 11: Ravens at Bears, Sunday, Nov. 21, 10am

Week 12: Bears at Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 11:30am

Week 13: Cardinals at Bears, Sunday, Dec. 5, 10am

Week 14: Bears at Packers, Sunday, Dec. 12, 5:20pm

Week 15: Vikings at Bears, Monday, Dec.20, 5:15pm 

Week 16: Bears at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 26, 1:05pm

Week 17: Giants at Bears, Sunday, Jan. 2, 10am

Week 18: Bears at Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 9, 10am

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Phish Couch Tour

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Phish Fall Tour at CWA OB

We had such a great time during the summer run, we decided to stream every show of Phish’s Fall Tour.  Join us at our Ocean Beach tasting room and let’s have a funky good time.

We lower the lights and turn the volume to 11, as we gather to rock out to our favorite band from Vermont.

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

October 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 16, 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
October 19, 20 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 23 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union
October 24 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
October 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
October 28 – 31  Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Shop and Sip in Ocean Beach

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Handcrafted Jewelry

Rubytoblue is a handmade jewelry brand based in a small beach town in San Diego, California. Rubytoblue Specializes in crystal jewelry inspired by minimalist shapes and quality designs. Each piece is carefully created and examined to make sure the quality of the piece is just perfect.

The event is Sunday, June 27, 1pm -5pm

Come by our OB location and sip on some sours while you shop.  As always we will have 16 beers on tap, 11 of which are barrel-aged sours.

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Join us and let’s shop local OB!